After A Deadly Explosion, Examining PG&E Safety Record

Monday, September 20, 2010

Sept 12: A section of pipe (lower right) is seen near a massive crater at the scene of a gas main explosion on Sept 9 in San Bruno, California. 38 homes were destroyed and 4 people killed. (Justin Sullivan/Getty)

A deadly gas pipe explosion in San Bruno, California last week left at least four people dead and nearly 40 houses destroyed. The company being held responsible is Pacific Gas & Electric, better known as PG&E. It could be more than a year before investigators determine precisely what caused the explosion. For years, however, California residents have accused PG&E of irresponsible safety practices.

We talk with David Baker, energy reporter with the San Francisco Chronicle, who's been covering PG&E for the past six years.


David Barker

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Hsi-Chang Lin

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